Lately, Fox News Channel has been taking a beating over its early downplaying of the coronavirus scourge. Its high-profile hosts have not only downplayed just how bad this pandemic was getting, but merrily allowed Donald Trump and acolytes such as Kellyanne Conway and Larry Kudlow to spew disinformation about it.
As the evidence of how monstrous this disease was has continued to mount, executives at the fair and balanced network are reportedly afraid of potential lawsuits over its previously misleading coverage. Those concerns are reportedly the biggest reason Trish Regan was pushed out in early March after claiming the coronavirus pandemic was just another Democratic attack on Trump.
But apparently Fox News’ idea of retrenchment entails going back to its normal role as a Republican agitprop shop. That’s about the only thing you can take away from a swipe Kellyanne delivered at likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday. The White House information minister wagged her finger at Biden for not doing more to support Trump as he tries to lead the country through this crisis.
Kellyanne picked a receptive forum to deliver this scolding–“Fox & Friends.” Watch here.
Kellyanne claimed that while so many people are told “This is the problem, this is the challenge,” the Trump White House is “part of the solution.” She contended that in just a few weeks, the White House has taken steps to alleviate this crisis that normally take years.
Co-host Brian Killmeade noted that Biden had been critical of Trump’s approach. Notably, Biden rapped Trump for not asking Barack Obama for help. Kellyanne replied that it was “disappointing” to see Biden “out there criticizing” Trump rather than saying, “Here is what we did that we thought was effective.” She wondered why Biden didn’t call Trump “and offer some support.”
Kellyanne went on to say that Trump has tried to keep politics out of it because “there’s really no time for that” now. For that reason, she argued that it was “very disappointing” to see Biden’s criticism.
The Biden campaign was quick to pounce. Deputy campaign manager Kate Beddingfield told Fox News that Biden has offered his expertise to Trump “for weeks”–an offer he repeated on Tuesday night.
Beddingfield reiterated her boss’ message that while Trump was not responsible for coronavirus, he did bear responsibility for the “slow and chaotic response to this outbreak,” as well as for “disregarding repeated warnings from his scientific and intelligence experts” and “downplaying the threat of this outbreak to the American people.”
As we know by now, when Kellyanne speaks, Trump is speaking through her. Simply put, Trump is delusional if he believes that Biden should be merely offering support rather than calling out the Trump administration’s mishandling of this crisis. It would be derelict for Biden not to do so.
Indeed, Kellyanne’s appearance was especially ill-timed considering that just hours earlier, her boss openly admitted that he downplayed this crisis despite having very good reason to know just how bad things could get. Trump’s reasoning? Wait for it–he didn’t want to be “a negative person,” and felt that he needed to be “a cheerleader for the country.”
In other words, the man who wails that his critics aren’t letting him do his job told the American people that he hadn’t done his job. How is that not grounds for criticism, Kellyanne? Indeed, by all rights, it is grounds to demand that your boss either resign or give up his bid for reelection.
Moreover, the man who claims–again, through Kellyanne–that he is trying to keep politics out of this has tried to blame Obama for the lack of inadequate testing. Even if that were true, if such inadequacies existed, Trump has had more than three years to correct them. Pot, meet kettle. And if he’s wailing about inadequate support from Biden, how does he explain his reckless and error-filled tweets at Obama over Ebola?
All things considered, this is yet another case where the woman who coined the term “alternative facts” looks awfully foolish–at least, in the eyes of those who don’t live in a Fox News bubble.
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